In Praise of Incivility
Don’t get caught in the Left’s civility trap.
A specter stalks the land – rampant incivility toward the President of the United States. People are using colorful language to express their disgust with Joe Biden’s efforts to destroy America as we know it.
Oh, the horror of it all.
A story in the Washington Post warns that “Biden’s critics hurl increasingly vulgar taunts.” This includes handmade signs displayed on parade routes with F**K Joe Biden” and chants of “Let’s Go Brandon” – a euphemism for … you know.
While admitting that U.S. politics has rarely resembled a garden party, the Post assures us, “The current eruption of anti-Biden signs and chants, however, is on another level, far more vulgar and widespread” than anything seen in the past.
The authors claim to be mystified that a gentle soul could provoke such vitriol.
“During the 2020 presidential campaign, one of Biden’s political superpowers was his sheer inoffensiveness, the way he managed to embody – even to those who didn’t like him – the innocuous grandfather, the bumbling uncle, the leader who could make America calm, steady, even boring again after four years of Donald Trump” – truly cringe-worthy prose.
I must admit, this is a side of Mr. C’mon Man that I somehow managed to miss.
Campaigning in Michigan in March of last year, the innocuous grandfatherly type was challenged by a construction worker, who asked if he was “actively trying to end our Second Amendment right and take away our guns.” (The answer to that rhetorical question is a resounding yes.)
The man with the ability to bring us all together shot back “You’re full of shit” and “don’t be such a horse’s ass.” (I believe this is called punching down.) He then asked, “Do you want to step outside” – presumably so Biden’s Secret Service agents could hold him while he was pummeled by the feisty senior.
For four years, it was F-Trump this and F-Trump that. Trump was a white supremacist. Trump was Hitler. Trump was worse than Hitler. At the 2018 Tony Awards, Robert De Niro (who confuses playing tough guys with being a tough guy) strode on stage and growled to thunderous applause, “I’m gonna say one thing, F*** Trump!”
Madonna said she thought about blowing up the White House. (She later claimed her comment was taken out of context.) Comedian Kathy Griffin posted what appeared to be her holding up a bloody, severed head of Donald Trump.
Mad Maxine Waters took civility to new heights when she urged the mob to get in the faces of members of the Trump administration, harass them mercilessly, and drive them from restaurants and other public places.
Recently, on more than one occasion, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ) was followed into the ladies’ room by protestors who bullied and filmed her.
The Left rarely stops at verbal violence.
An Antifa mob descended on Tucker Carlson’s D.C. home, while his wife was alone, tried to smash in the front door, spray-painted anarchist slogans in the driveway and left signs warning the FOX News host, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” The police treated it as a hate crime.
Senator Rand Paul and his wife were surrounded by a mob shouting threats as they left the 2020 Republican Convention. Without a police escort, there would have been blood in the streets. (These are just a few examples of the way the Post’s favorite activists conduct a civilized debate.)
Blood there was aplenty in the George Floyd riots which rocked over 100 cities, left dozens of business districts in cinders, resulted in $1-billion in property damage, as well as scores of dead and injured. During the campaign, it took the innocuous grandfather months to condemn this anarchist orgy, and then only in the most general terms, after polls showed him losing on the issue.
Following the Post’s alleged news story, Jeff Jacoby (the Boston Globe’s pseudo- conservative columnist), while admitting the Left had been naughty, sniffed: “Yes, it is appalling that so many Americans can’t seem to express their opposition to the president without resorting to the filthiest, most uncivil words they know.” Tsk, tsk.
The rude response to Biden, should be weighed against what he’s done to the republic in his short time in office.
In less than nine months, he has opened our southern border to an alien invasion (almost two million to date), made us energy dependent once again, orchestrated a withdrawal from Afghanistan that made The Little Big Horn seem a successful deployment, pushed unconstitutional mandates, set the dogs of DOJ on concerned parents, appointed officials who resemble members of the old Soviet Politburo, and saddled us with trillions in new debt.
How should Americans respond to this unprecedented attack on republican government, like the fraternity pledge in “Animal House” who, while he’s on his hands and knees being paddled, exclaims, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?”
The Left’s civility for-thee-but-not-for-me ploy is intended to indict conservative as savages and somehow intimidate us into pulling our punches.
Ain’t gonna happen.